Dhaka rejects India's claim on terror 'link'

Bangladesh rejects India's claim that a terrorist group based on its soil was involved in Saturday's explosions.
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Updated on Aug 27, 2007 11:47 AM IST
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PTI | By HT Correspondent, Dhaka

Bangladesh has rejected the Indian claim that a terrorist group based on its soil was involved in the weekend bombings in Hyderabad, describing it as "baseless".

"The allegations are baseless, I reject them," Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury was quoted as saying by media in Dhaka on Monday.

He was asked about Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy's statement that available information pointed to the involvement of international terrorist organisations in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Earlier, the adviser condemned the attacks saying "such abhorrent violence is a blot on the conscience of humanity".

"Our thoughts today are with those who lost their dear ones in this dastardly act," he wrote in a letter to Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Chowdhury told reporters that the Bangladesh government would never retreat from protecting the country's interests in the face of any wrongful allegations.

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